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Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze rolls down a Retro track

"Okay, where are the minecart levels?" That's a novel, ill-advised question when it comes to platformers, but Retro Studios achieved the improbable with 2010's Donkey Kong Country Returns (updated this year with a 3DS version). The side-scrolling platformer knew how to do a good minecart...

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Finding solace in anger with the 8-bit inspired Shovel Knight

Shovel Knight may have a relatively quaint exterior, but don't let its apparent simplicity fool you. At first it appears Shovel Knight is something of a Ducktales clone, with the eponymous knight bouncing about on his shovel like Scrooge with his cane. The knight can only bounce when hitting an...

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Finding Mario's co-op sweet spot with Super Mario 3D World

While I'm a Mario fan, I was utterly baffled by the appeal of the four-player co-op play introduced in New Super Mario Bros. Wii. People tell me: "It's chaotic and fun!" But all I ever experienced was that little jerk Luigi distracting me while I try to make a precision jump. In Super Mario 3D...

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Twin-stick shooter Assault Android Cactus is looking sharp

If you've been wondering where the great twin-stick shoot-em-ups have gone, you can be reassured to know you're not alone. Not because Witch Beam can offer you solidarity in your views, but because the Australian indie studio is trying to change all that with Assault Android Cactus, coming to...

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Thief: Stalking the City in Shadow

Oh, the indignation of owning a totally sweet sword and struggling to hit anything with it. It was a disarming gesture in 1998's Thief: The Dark Project – to be turned into a chronic bumbler in confrontation, but a master thief in shadow and silence. The game was better when you hid from...

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XCOM: Enemy Within's clandestine 'Exalt' wants to rule the world

Exalt, the third faction introduced in the XCOM: Enemy Unknown expansion, XCOM: Enemy Within, is a renegade human organization whose ultimate goal is the genetic perfection of the human race. They view themselves as the rightful rulers of Earth, ushering the species into a new era of evolution. ...

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Ethan: Meteor Hunter - The super-tough PSN, PC game made by 'bastards'

"If there's one thing you have to know about this game and us, it's that we're bastards." So said Seaven Studio Producer Olivier Penot as I died again in his 2D platformer, Ethan: Meteor Hunter. Penot didn't seem a bastard as we chatted, smiley enough in the midst of a four-day public expo....

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Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag Video Preview

With Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag, Ubisoft Montreal steers its historical action-adventure franchise into the calming blue seas of an 18th century Caribbean. The tranquility lasts until new protagonist Edward Kenway spies a ship in his telescopic glass – prompting a new piratical...

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Sonic Lost World Video Preview

Nintendo platforms are set to see quills in the coming months, starting with Sonic Lost World for Wii U and 3DS. Our new video recap discusses the 3D platformer's cylindrical courses, its sugar-coated stages and the minor control tweaks that curb some of the hedgehog's super-speed bumbling. ...

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Puyo Puyo Tetris makes sense

Visiting the arcades of the otaku hub Akihabara, it struck me that beyond the many fighters, rhythm games, and prize collection machines lining their halls, I was seeing a pattern repeat itself. Tucked away in each one were several Puyo Puyo variants, and right by them the Tetris machines. Seeing...

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